Archive for July 2014

A few more reasons I love my job   Leave a comment

Selling Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii is not like selling Real estate anywhere else in the world. Sure, the basics are universal but there is something different on this island that is Hawaii Island. Diversity is the best description; diverse in every way. The agents we collaborate with to make a sale to the clients to the properties themselves; not one is the same and all are unique
There are so many reasons to love selling Real Estate on the island of Hawaii. But the best reason is that every day I am blasted by the beauty that surrounds me. From the beautiful scenery to the beautiful people who live here; both the inner and outer beauty that we who live and visit here are so fortunate to experience.
The weeks pass by; no one like the other. Different places, different needs, different dreams. But this past week has been one spent in North Kohala. Truly lucky!!

Kohala Summer Day Kohala Ranch July 2014The south end of North Kohala seems more South Kohala than North. The average rainfall of 6”/year, although there has been 16” so far here this year (a record), provides a dry, arid environment; the most desert like zone of the Big Island. But our desert is unlike anyone else’s desert! The grass and Keawe covered dry lands roll gently into the ocean. When the rains pour down, which is often the case if darks clouds pay their rare visits, water may run in the dry stream beds, bouncing along as waterfalls while we residents watch in awe.  The South end has many nice neighborhoods; Kohala Ranch and Kohala by the Sea being two of the neighborhoods that have gated entries.
My commute with this view to show my listings in Kohala By The Sea and Kohala is an excellent example of a typical day. Those two homes appeal to different home seekers for different reasons, but are good examples of the range of homes on the market in this section of North Kohala.
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Moving thru North Kohala you will see slopes gradually turn green as the rainfall increases while we go north. As you pass the towns of Hawi and Kapa’au you get the feeling you have gone back in time to a place where the good life means living well spent playing in the fresh air in a beautiful place with good friends and family. You can see it’s a place where the sidewalks are rolled up early because the residents want to get up at the first gleam of dawn to enjoy the place where they live. One that really sparkles in the sunlight. Secret surf spots, ditch kayaking, hiking, fishing and more demand your attention. You will see the old Plantation era homes, from the field workers homes to the managers estates, still loved and maintained; exuding the character of old Hawaii. Some are even for sale.
Scattered in the vast open spaces are farms, ranches and estate properties. Streams and waterfalls may form the boundaires of some properties but views of either the mountians, the forests or the oceans are equally shared among all the different kinds of properties. And as you come to north point of the Island, at the end of Akoni Pule Highway at Pololu Valley you will have passed the other property I had to work at this past week. You will also pass a few streams, one or two that offer swimming pools at secret spots along their course.

 

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Life isn’t too bad holding Open House after having a showing of this home known as the Ohana at Niuli’i. It is well-known in certain circles after being named a Record Home by Architectural Record. Only 8-homes are designated as such each year by this publication. It is quite an honor for an architect to receive. It is one of many awards for the architect, Jim Cutler of Culter-Anderson. Sometimes called the “Glass House”, it is uniquely engineered to bring the outside environment inside evoking drama in an exquisite interior.

Blog 5Who needs to hang paintings when this is your view?
And this is my job, my career… day in-day out, always amazed by the beauty of this island we call home. What’s not too love?

 

 

Waikoloa Village Homes Market Update   Leave a comment

It’s officially summer….time for the mid-year Waikoloa Village Market Report. Inventory is low at 31 homes currently for sale ranging in price from $310,000 to a high of $847,750 with most homes listed in the mid-$400,000s. There are 30-homes in escrow, waiting for their sale to close at this moment. Wow! There have been 48-homes sold so far in 2014. Short sales and foreclosures still appear and sell quickly if priced right, but they are no longer a major part of the market. The limited inventory may nudge prices up in Waikoloa for the near future. The lack of vacant land to build on here also puts upward pressure on the prices. Click here to see Year to Date market report.

The first quarter of 2014 saw 21 sales at an average price of $434,257. Homes were selling within 97% of their listed price in an average of 94 Days on Market (DOM). This compares well to the first quarter of 2013 where the average price was $335,369 of a total of 16 sales. That is a year to year, first quarter price increase of 29% and a 31% increase in the number of sales.

There were 27 homes that sold in the second quarter of 2014 at the average price of $472,348. Sellers realized, on the average, about 97% of their asking price in an average of 91 days on market. There was large volume increase of 28% over the number of homes sold in the first quarter of this year. This same quarter in 2013 saw more sales, 31, but at a 21 % lower average price of $390,569. The 2014 second quarter price is also higher than the third quarter 2013 average of $368,539, but, lower than the 2013 fourth quarter average price of $496,999. This average may be higher because only 22 homes sold in the last quarter of 2013, one which was over a $1,000,000.

There are a lot of buyers looking to call Waikoloa home. If interest rates remain low and the world stays calm, we expect to see prices continue to move into the upward direction.

As always, please feel free to call or email to discuss. Be happy, stay well and a hui hou

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